When Dr. Kerry Assil (a well-known ophthalmologist) and his wife Tanaz Assil bought a new home in Santa Monica, they wisely turned to designer Ryan Saghian. “They’re both fabulous, and wanted the design in their home to reflect their luxurious lifestyle,” Ryan shares. The 10,000 square foot home was newly constructed, so they had the opportunity to start from scratch — a challenge Ryan loved. He was involved in the design process from beginning to end, with each space more beautiful than last.
The living room features a book matched Statuary marble fireplace and Du Chateau hardwood floors. All of the furnishings were purchased at Salone de Mobile — there are ENNE chairs and a sophisticated Loop & Co. sofa. The coffee table by Byford and Veronique sits atop an antique Moroccan rug from Caravan Rugs, a pattern play that is very high-end but still has the “cool” factor Ryan’s designs are known for.
Moving to the kitchen, a custom Calacatta marble hood repeats the book match pattern seen in the living space. “We sourced most of the stone from Calacatta and Nero Marquina,” the designer explains. “I personally love Calacatta, we used it in the kitchen and it is absolutely stunning in person. Their stones add so much dimension, and a little something extra to the design of any room.” The cabinets are a high performance formica, with Waterstone fixtures and Wolf Sub Zero appliances.
The house has plenty of spaces to entertain, from a charming breakfast table to a “bar room” that feels more like a Hollywood hot spot than a Santa Monica residence. In the dining room, guests can dine under the light of a Wyndfall chandelier that Ryan has rightfully dubbed “insane.” He continues, “They are in all the Cartier showrooms!” Here, a beautiful yet understated dining set and buffet from Eme Mobili let the piece steal the show.
One common thread in each space is the impressive art collection, which the designer skillfully highlighted. “For this particular project, the art we used added pops of color against mostly neutral or dark backgrounds. This helped balance the overall design.” He concludes, “Art is so important when putting together the interiors of a home, it can truly make or break a room.”